Video gaming is BIG business since they became mainstream in the 1970s in video arcades and then later on down the line in millions of homes across the world.
Whether it was the first video game, Spacewar! or the iconic Sega Megadrive or Nintendo DS, the millennial generation have grown up with some of the biggest virtual video game stars.
Royal Vegas has done the research to give you the top ten most loved and best reviewed video games and characters in history, based on critic score and user score.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - taking the top spot is Link from this iconic game, who is a recurring character which often changes appearance and character as he is reincarnated, however most people see him as the sword fighting little boy. As a young boy, Link is tricked by Ganondorf, the King of the Gerudo Thieves. The evil human uses Link to gain access to the Sacred Realm, where he places his tainted hands on Triforce and transforms the beautiful Hyrulean landscape into a barren wasteland. Link is determined to fix the problems he helped to create, so with the help of Rauru he travels through time gathering the powers of the Seven Sages.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 – The real-life skater’s own virtual game takes the second spot on our list and yes, Tony Hawks is one of many characters you can play, who, to no surprise, is the most played character in the game. Hawk's back - with new technology, new pros and new tricks! 'THPS2,' the legend rides on! Skate as legendary Tony Hawk or any one of 12 other pro skaters. Create your own custom skaters. Multiple play modes including 1-Player, Career and Free Skate modes, as well as 2-player modes such as Trick Attack, Graffiti Tag and Horse. Build your own custom skate parks with the real-time 3D park editor.
Grand Theft Auto IV is the 2008 game which scores an impressive 98 out of 100 by the critics. Niko Belic is the main character who is dragged into the underground criminal world, meeting girlfriends, fellow gang leaders and nightclub owners. What does the American Dream mean today? For Niko, fresh off the boat from Europe, it's the hope he can escape his past. For his cousin, Roman, it's the vision that they can find fortune in Liberty City, gateway to the land of opportunity. As they slip into debt and are dragged into a criminal underworld by a series of shysters, thieves and sociopaths, they discover that the reality is very different from the dream in a city that worships money and status, and is heaven for those who have them living a nightmare.
Using research compiled from MetaCritic and several video game providers, we compiled a list of the Top 10 Most Loved Video Games and Virtual Characters of all Time
Note that data was gathered and were correct as of 22/01/2021, scores may have changed since this date.